Best Boy Toys Ages 8 and Up!

Boy Flying Drone Toy
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What are the best boy toys for ages 8 and up? This age group can be a challenge to find toys for, because they will often ask for sports equipment or gift cards to purchase music, apps or games for their iPad, Xbox, Nintendo SwitchWiiU, or Nintendo 3DS

Searching for the perfect gift that is unexpected and different that provides a lot of play and memories? While many boys have interests that generally revolve around pop culture, sports, technology, inventions and any newly released movies,...MORE especially if they are related to anything Star Wars, Marvel Super Heroes or DC Comics, deep down in the heart of young boys, there is still a desire to play and have fun. 

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    Nerf N-Strike Modulus Blaster
    NERF / Hasbro

    In colder months kids might enjoy indoor blaster play with foam darts and discs, while in warmer months parents can send the kids outside with water blasting super soakers. Looking for something different? There are even blasters that launch rubber bands or marshmallows. Kids can also construct their own blasters with K'Nex K-Force.

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    Pie Face Showdown Game
    Hasbro / Amazon

    For boys that like anything that is goofy, silly or gross, they will certainly love tormenting each other with whipped cream playing silly party games like Pie Face. They may even like to play Wet Head, where they wear a construction cap and turn little cylinders until eventually someone will be dripping with water.

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    LEGO NEXO Knights Fortrex
    LEGO NEXO Knights Fortrex. LEGO

    LEGO sets are very popular for young boys ages 8 and up. LEGO themes that are fan-favorites with older tweens include LEGO Batman, NEXO Knights, Minecraft, and Star Wars.

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    Star Wars Millennium Falcon Toys

    There are so many amazing Star Wars toys that pre-teen boys will love. They can fly their own Millennium Falcon, drive their own BB8 droid, fight with their own lightsabers or decorate their room with larger than life Star Wars Big Figs characters.

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    Sky Viper Streaming Drone
    Sky Rocket

    Drones are fancy, flying remote controlled toys that can also capture video footage! There are many different sizes of drones that come in a variety of sizes and price ranges. Kids like to use their drones to video tape themselves completing fun tricks. 

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    NERF Dude Perfect PERFECTSMASH Football

    For active kids, they will love Dude Perfect NERF toys. Dude Perfect is a group of friends that do fun stunts with videos posted on YouTube. They have a line of indoor and outdoor NERF toys, that will inspire kids to think creatively and be active, while designing fun stunts and trick shots. Why not use a drone to capture footage of their fun?  

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    Stik Bot Stop Motion Animation Studio
    Zing Toys

    Stikbots help kids create fun, stop-motion animation videos, for kids who have access to an iPod, iPhone or iPad. Stikbots are unique toys, with suction cup feet and hands, which makes them even more fun to pose. The set includes a tripod, 2 stikbots (solid red and solid orange color), and a 2-in-1 stage with a green and blue screen. 

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    Meccanoid g15

    Meccano sets are classic construction toys that use small metal pieces that attach together with a special hex tool. Kids can build any number of items from their imagination, or from individual sets that include cars, dinosaurs, motorcycles, airplanes, pirate ships, cranes and large interactive robots.

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    Hexbugs Vex Robotics Spider. ©Innovation First International

    STEM toys are popular with young boys. These toys, generally involve constructing a machine and can also get kids excited about potential careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  VEX Robotics sets include individual sets that build robotic arms, forklifts, catapults, remote control spiders, and other simple machines. 

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    Makey Makey Invention Kit
    Makey Makey

    Makey Makey is an invention kit that plugs into a laptop through a USB connection. Kids can use the kit to turn everyday objects, or even their drawings, into a real life keyboard that will cause something awesome to happen on their computer when they touch it. 

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    Space Scooter Bike
    Space Scooter / Amazon

    While the kids might be begging for a hoverboard, which can be dangerous, why not surprise them with a unique scooter. Boys will love propelling themselves long distances with their Space Scooter. Always make sure, no matter what the child's age is, that they wear a helmet and follow these scooter safety tips.

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    Nintendo Amiibo

    Many tweens like to play video games. Aside from the actual games, there are video game toys that can be collected and used to enhance their game play. Skylanders toys can be played on any gaming system, while amiibo characters are just for use with Nintendo WiiU, Switch and 3DS gaming systems.